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Gallon emerges as go-to receiver (12-21-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:53
BG’s Chris Gallon has 47 receptions this fall (Photo from BGSU Athletic Communications)
In fall camp, Chris Gallon was just another number in a group of young Bowling Green wide receivers, all of whom were looking to fit in and find playing time.
''I would have said a year ago there was no way Chris Gallon would have played for us; Chris was so far away,'' said BG head coach Dave Clawson.
Now the 6-foot-4, 221-pound redshirt freshman is the Falcons' leading receiver going into Thursday's Military Bowl game against San Jose State. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
''He probably made his biggest jump from his freshman fall to his freshman spring (as much) as anyone on our team and then another jump to (this) season,'' Clawson said.
Gallon started the season with solid games in the Falcons' opener at Florida (six catches for 69 yards) and in the home opener against Idaho (six catches for 89 yards).
''Starting the first game in The Swamp (at Florida), how loud it was, it was crazy. I think I played very well in The Swamp and after that game my confidence totally went through the roof,'' said Gallon. "I felt like the coaches trusted me a lot more and they gave me a lot more responsibility to see if I could handle it.
''I feel like I've grown so much throughout this whole year ... I'm a pretty big kid and whenever I use my strength and my size, we can do some damage.''
Still it's been a learning process. In an eight-game stretch between Sept. 15 and Nov. 7, Gallon made a total of 20 receptions for 211 yards.
BG's Jones named first-team All-American by football writers (12-14-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 December 2012 13:00
Chris Jones
Chris Jones' life has been moving at a whirlwind pace of late.
In the last three weeks, the senior defensive tackle for the Bowling Green Falcons has played in the regular-season finale, sweated out the waiting for the Falcons' bowl bid, and has been named the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
In addition he's had to be a college student, finishing up his last two final exams for the semester on Thursday, including one in a Spanish class.
It was also on Thursday that Jones learned he's going to have to make more room for another individual award.
The 6-foot-1, 293-pounder was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. The FWAA only honors a first-team.
"It's an extreme honor, honestly, to get the recognition,'' Jones said. ''It's not only the personal recognition that I appreciate, but Bowling Green's program is also getting the recognition with my name out there and right beside it is Bowling Green State University.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 11:08
Hammond won't play in Game 2 against OSU (10-27-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 27 October 2012 18:10
Bowling Green goalie Andrew Hammond will miss his third straight start Saturday when the Falcon hockey team hosts Ohio State.
The senior remains sidelined with a hyperextended elbow suffered in the team’s series opener Oct. 19 at Colgate.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2012 19:16
Falcons staying in routine for Kent showdown (11-13-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:16
The Mid-American Conference championship football game is not until Nov. 30 in Detroit.
Until then, Saturday's Kent State at Bowling Green MAC East battle will fit in quite nicely.
Kent State is 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the MAC East while Bowling Green is 7-3, 5-1. The Golden Flashes are ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll.
Kickoff is at noon in Perry Stadium.
"It's a fine line. You want the guys excited, but there is also a routine you have. There's also a way we go about preparing; it's worked for us," BG head coach Dave Clawson said. "I think what's at stake in the game will take care of itself.
"We just have to focus on preparing for a very good Kent football team,'' he continued. "It's not a week that you do things differently in terms of a routine or anything like that.''
The BG game will be Kent State's seventh on the road this season, and KSU head coach Darrell Hazell said the dimensions of the field are the same and the things that happen outside the lines don't matter.
Kent State is 5-1 on the road with a loss at Kentucky to open the season. The Golden Flashes pulled a road upset at Rutgers last month.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:21
Expeience should help BGSU defense (8-22-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:04
The defense was learning on the job last season for Bowling Green.
With as many as 10 first-year players on the field at the same time, the Falcons struggled. In six of its eight Mid-American Conference games last season, BG allowed 27 or more points. Overall in conference games, BG allowed an average of 29.4 points per game. On the season, the Falcons also allowed 203.4 yards rushing per game and generated only 15 turnovers.
Dave Clawson hopes the experience gained last season pays major dividends this fall.
“The numbers two years ago were awful. We went from an awful defense to a below-average defense (in 2011),” Clawson said. “I expect that group to be much, much improved.
“We finally have certain guys on defense who should be among the best at their position in the conference,” Clawson continued. “I expect Chris Jones to be the best defensive lineman in the league. Dwayne Woods, I expect him to be the best linebacker in the conference.”
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